IT classes a shining example of community spirit

selfieoneMany thanks to Lovell Park Hub, who gave us the space, to Leeds Library and University of Leeds students who gave their time for free to enable us to help some of our members learn that new technology is not always as scary as they might think it is – and to have fun!

Often older people can be intimidated by the gadgets that the younger generation take for granted so it has been lovely today to bring the generations together to learn how to get the best out of their i-pads and just maybe open up a whole new world of opportunities!

We are so grateful to everyone who has helped today

Never too old to learn

Our members of the Computer Group and our volunteers prove that you are never to old (or young) to learn something new.

The group meets every fortnight and the discussions and content of each session are always varied and fun, dependent on their needs. The session yesterday saw them each doing something different from searching for DVD’s, looking for decorators, listening to music from their own collection, and You Tube, sending emails, catching up on the latest news via BBCi player to watching Rugby and East Enders.  Some of our members also updated their profiles on Facebook, with another exploring some online dating!  Safety is also paramount and something we never take for granted.

You might think this is nothing remarkable and probably for some just an average day but for our group it is remarkable because we have been with them all on their learning journey, from not even knowing how to switch on a computer, to now confidently navigating around their own computers, and the internet, and in some cases helping each other, and us as staff and volunteers too, which is always a delight.

Anyone over 60 and living in the Woodhouse and Little London area wishing to know more about this group or our beginners classes then do get in touch we would love to hear from you.

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Pictures from our Culture Day

Our members had a great day on Friday at our Culture Day, to celebrate International Day of Older People.  Activities included Bollywood Dancing and Steel Drumming. There was some pampering on offer in the form of facials or hand massage.  Or you could have a caricature drawn by our talented artist Arvind and a personalised poem crafted by our wonderful ‘poet in residence’ Paul.

We asked members to bring in some food towards our buffet lunch – preferably something they remembered from their childhood or that they used to make for their own families, and they did us proud! There were also some amazing cakes in our cake competition – judged by our ‘cake experts’ Lara, Helen and Nic.  And we then got to eat the entries for afternoon tea!!

It really was a wonderful day – thank you to everyone who helped us, members, staff, volunteers, other organisations and anyone else who contributed to the day. Here a just a few of the many pictures we took on the day:

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Stroll with us on 13th September

Our annual sponsored stroll is on Saturday 13th September.  A stalwart bunch of Caring Together members,volunteers, staff and supporters take a gentle (or not so gentle) stroll around Woodhouse Moor/Hyde Park to help raise much needed funds for our work with local older people.

We would love you to join us! If you would like to stroll to help a local charity or if you’d like to sponsor one of our strollers, please get in touch in any of the usual ways

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Good reasons to join our Sponsored Stroll!

Developed in partnership with Macmillan, the experts in cancer, the story has recieved national coverage including being covered by the Guardian, the Daily Mail and the Telegraph. This raises the profile of walking, keeping it on the national agenda.

 “Walking has been very important to my recovery [from cancer] – it’s helped me boost my energy levels, wellbeing and confidence.” Bryony, walker

As you’ll know more than most, walking doesn’t just help your physical health but also helps lift your mood and is a great way to make new friends.

“Walking for Health enhances so many lives, provides time for reflection, companionship and the general feeling of well-being, which can all help in the resolution of life’s difficulties.” Alfred, volunteer walk leader

Caring Together Annual General Meeting

Don’t forget it is ourAGM and Trip to Brid 2013 007 Annual General Meeting on Friday 15th August 2014!

12 noon at Woodhouse Community Centre

Come along and hear about what has been happening at Caring Together, and get a copy of our Annual Report 2014.  Plus a cup of tea and light refreshments after the meeting.

RSVP in the comments below or give us a call (or just turn up on the day)

Everyone welcome